VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team picked up a pair of wins Firday afternoon as it played on the new Tom & Betty Broyles Field at TowneBank Park for the first time in program history. The Marlins dropped Johnson and Wales University 10-0 to start the day and finished up with a 4-0 win over Keuka College. With the results, the Marlins remain undefeated with a record of 7-0.
GAME 1: VWU – 10 JWU – 0
It took no time at all for the Marlins to open up their new facility as the squad piled in nine runs in the opening frame. At the stanza's end, the Marlins saw 14 at-bats, including the first nine batters getting on base without recording a single out. Arianna Rolle led off with a single and would get to third after a Jessica Goldyn walk and a Madison Glaubke single. With the bases loaded, Julia Sinnett and Jessica Lindsay drew back-to-back walks thus plating the game's first two runs. After a pitching change, Katelyn Biando got in on the action, singling to left while picking up two RBI.
Still in the opening frame, Danielle Stewart would single to once again load the bases. That brought up Kaylah Duplain who sent a shot over the left field fence, registering not only the facilities first home run, but also its first grand slam. Up 8-0, the Marlins would add one more as Glaubke singled home Golden in her second at-bat of the inning.
In the third, Virginia Wesleyan would add one more to the scoresheet as Hope Burleson was driven home on a Sinnett single.
GAME 2: VWU – 4 KC – 0
Once again, the Marlins found a way to get a runner across in the contest's opening inning. With two outs, Madison Glaubke earned a walk. In the next at-bat, Lindsay blooped one into right field and with some hustle, Glaubke was able to touch home.
The team doubled up their lead in the bottom of the third. Goldyn opened up the frame getting on first via error and then stealing second. Sinnett then sent a rip down the right field line that allowed Goldyn to reach home.
Two more runs would be plated in the fifth, courtesy of Glaubke. Rolle opened the inning with a bunt single and after a Goldyn single and a couple of steals, the Marlins had runners at second and third. Glaubke would then drive a ball right up the middle that would push home the final two runs.
Carla Hall got the start in the circle, picking up her third complete game win of the year. The sophomore would allow just one hit over 7.0 innings while also striking out eight.
Softball returns to action at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday as the squad hosts Keuka College for a rematch of today's contest. Following that, the Marlins will take on Johnson & Wales one more time.